August 13, 2013
State Lawmakers Walk for Wellness
ATLANTA – More than 150 state legislators and staff will promote fitness and healthy living by participating in a 5K fun run/walk in Atlanta as part of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Legislative Summit, Aug. 12-15.
The Walk for Wellness begins at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14 and ends around 8 a.m. The Walk will start and finish at the Fountain of Rings in Centennial Olympic Park.
Members of the military from Troops for Fitness will also be onsite to motivate participants and lead mini-workouts. Troops for Fitness, a collaboration between the Coca-Cola Foundation and National Recreation and Park Association, provides grants to local communities to employ veterans to lead nutrition and physical activity programs.
“It is important to make time for physical fitness even during busy work days. Lawmakers are committed to helping set an example of leading a healthier lifestyle both inside and outside of the legislature,” said Senator Amanda McGill of Nebraska, president of NCSL's Women’s Legislative Network.
This is the eighth annual NCSL Walk for Wellness. The event is dedicated to raising awareness of the devastating effects of heart disease, diabetes and obesity, while drawing special attention to the health disparities that exist in minority and underserved communities.
Type 2 diabetes inflicts more than 20 million Americans, while heart disease kills more women than anything else. Risk factors for both of these can be reduced by increasing physical activity and eating healthier foods.
“Many chronic diseases can be prevented through small lifestyle changes like walking. As state legislators we must lead by example and take the first step to improve health outcomes in our communities,” said Tennessee Representative Joe Armstrong.
The walk is a collaboration among:
The National Asian Pacific Americans Caucus of State Legislators
The National Black Caucus of State Legislators
The National Caucus of Native American State Legislators
The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators
The Women’s Legislative Network of NCSL
The Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee and
The NCSL Standing Committee on Health
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.